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Children seeking mental health advice on internet [BBC.com]

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Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children do not have the confidence to go to the doctor with mental health issues.

A small survey of youngsters suggests 62% have done a general internet search on issues such as depression.

The government said it was promoting greater use of counsellors in schools.

 

[For more of this story, written by Hannah Richardson, go to http://www.bbc.com/news/education-34423949]

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If there was information on trauma on the net (or the net even existed which it did not) when I was a child, I would have used it!!!  The focus should be, how do we get good information to children if they will be using the net as a resource?  I don't think the use can be stopped.  Could be helpful.   

 

I was disturbed to learn that at the AAP national conference in 2011 or 2012 - Coca-Cola sponsored much of the event and one of our sites HealthyChildren.org.  This corporate sponsorship really does affect how we approach for example soda as a mediator between trauma and obesity. 

 

So good information is important, not depression screens linking to adds for Lexapro or Abilify.  When I went to medical school, I was so desperate to learn how I could heal myself from my trauma and all that was available was the textbooks which suggested taking different drugs.  I tried them all, none helped because at least for me, and more than likely for many, medications do not heal attachment disruption or altered brain development or epigenetic changes or the changes that occur to the HPA axis from severe, early-onset and prolonged childhood abuse, trauma, and neglect.

 

So I get worried.  I don't want kids finding the most promoted information suggesting --- Abilify for example --- horrible side effects. 

 

Some great site discussing in kid friendly terms how trauma affects the brain and genetics (that depression, or anxiety or rage or anger is a normal consequence  of childhood trauma like bleeding after being hit with a bullet is normal, natural and expected -- to make sure that there is no stigma --- there should not be stigma --- but there is only because society is still woefully under-informed about the mind-body connection and the effects of trauma on the developing brain).  So many kids have ipads or smart phones --- so links to great breathing apps or videos and articles explaining the benefits of yoga, checking out nature, guided imagery, meditation etc would all be great).  

 

Wish we had a magic companion to this site with all the information in a kid friendly format ready to use right now.  Just that could create a better future.  

 

Tina

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